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When Our Bubbas and Zeydas Were Young

Directed by Joshua Waletzsky

USA | 58 minutes | 2012

Follow Di Shekhter-tekhter, accompanied by their Musical Director and father, Binyumen Schaechter, in this heartwarming film of their one-of-a-kind musical revue, which has enthralled audiences around the world. Attracting a new generation to Yiddish song, the dynamic duo brings to life the youth of our grandparents in Eastern Europe, as well as upon arrival in America. Through a potpourri of characters from the Yiddish songbook, featuring great Yiddish composers and writers, such as Sholem Aleichem, Itsik Manger and Mordecai Gebirtig, they inspire us with themes that are universal and contemporary, such as young love, family relationships and class struggle. Academy Award-nominated director Joshua Waletzky, best known for Partisans of Vilna, incorporates interviews in the film that provide an insight into this family and their unique mission to share Yiddish with the world.
Director Joshua Waletzsky
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 2012
Language(s)
Premiere Status
Runtime 58 minutes
Principal Cast Di Shekhter-tekhter, Binyumen Schaechter
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